- Jun 27, 2015
- capital district NY
I'm pretty sure the 'up-side-down jet' rolled-over as it departed the right side of the RW and hit the soft dirt... skidded along on/crushing the crew-canopies.
The Tip-of the V-stab undoubtedly dug-into-the earth and kept the aircraft on a straight-line/upside-down skid-track.
The bird-strike resistant windshields [in-front of the pilot and aft of the pilot for the back-seater] and roll-over structures were never designed for that crash scenario.
Memories... My first mishap investigation was a T-37B in-flight break-up out of Vance AFB OK** ~1983.
Over the years of my USAF investigations, my code-words to the wife... that a serious mishap had occurred, which I was 'on-stand-by for deployment-to, were...
"I have bad news and good news..."
"I have bad news and bad news..."
"I have very bad news and very bad news..."
This was one of those "... very bad news and very bad news..." mishaps: 2-jets, 2-fatalities
**My wife remembers only one aspect of the first mishap investigation: The aircraft debris was spread-out over ~1-square-mile red-dirt farm field in north central Oklahoma. When I came home with all my 'red-dirt' soiled clothing, she tried for ~2-weeks to get the iron-oxide stains 'out'... nothing worked... she 'unreasonably' threw everything away, including my underwear.
I saw that report earlier. I’ve been doing some flying in a Pilatus lately, but I am unaware of any seating options that allow 12 people onboard. The most seat options I am aware of is nine in back and two crew in the front for a total of eleven.9 family members killed in South Dakota plane crash
More here from CNN:
The 2009 crash of a Pilatus PC-12 in Montana had 14 people on board, 13 + 1 pilot.I saw that report earlier. I’ve been doing some flying in a Pilatus lately, but I am unaware of any seating options that allow 12 people onboard. The most seat options I am aware of is nine in back and two crew in the front for a total of eleven.
Interesting.if 2 people occupy a single seat and the seat belt can be properly fastened around both persons it would not be a violation of the regulations for an operation under Part 91.